volunteering at a thrift store
First off, volunteering at the Poverello Center was awesome. I met some great people and learned a lot more about the plight of HIV/AIDS patients. So what exactly does Poverello do? Its mission is to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services.

volunteering at a foodbankFor this volunteer project, I was tasked with helping them put together their quarterly mailer. This is a direct mail piece that not only keeps members up-to-date on what’s going on with the organization and more importantly, solicits donations. Poverello is a not-for-profit which relies on government and private donations to stay afloat. Now we all know the government isn’t the best place to get money anymore, so private donations are where it’s at. So the way it’s set up is that there is a food bank and a thrift store. The thrift store exists solely to fund the food bank which feeds thousands of AIDS/HIV patients in Broward County.

I had a blast, the people were so much fun and very open to answering any questions I had about the disease. I even ended up making a friend on Facebook! I must admit I was a little nervous about volunteering but in the end it was worth it. Stay tuned for my next project!


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